|Birth: ||unknown, England|
Ralph Allen, identified as a mason, was undoubtedly b. in England. He is called Jr. in the Sandwich, Mass. town records to distinguish him from an older Ralph Allen of Sandwich, called Sr., latter the acknowledged s. of the immigrant George Allen of Sandwich, Mass. But, the parentage of Ralph Allen, Jr. remains unknown.
Ralph Allen, Jr. was living at Sandwich, Mass. in 1659, then part of the Plymouth Colony, with the latter year generally used as the approximate year of his death. The fragmentary record of his death in his son Jedediah's bible says "My father Ralph Allen deceased ye 26 day..." and he was undoubtedly deceased by Oct. 12, 1662 when his mother-in-law Joan Swift made her will at Sandwich. Unlike the other Allen families of Sandwich who after 1656 were known Quakers, there is some question whether at his death Ralph Allen, Jr. had also joined the Society of Friends. If so, he was unlikely to have been interred at a Sandwich burying ground related to the Plymouth Colony's dominant Congregational Church.
Prior to 1647, Ralph Allen, Jr. m. Esther Swift, dau. of William Swift and his 2nd wife Joan, bap. of record May 28, 1629 at St. Mary Magdalen, Bermondsey, Surrey, England. Ralph Allen, Jr. and Esther Swift had the following four known children of record at Sandwich, Mass.:
• i. Jedediah Allen, b. Jan. 3, 1646/7, d. testate Jan. 21, 1711/12 at Shrewsbury, Monmouth County, NJ; m. by late 1668, Elizabeth Howland, dau. of Henry Howland (brother of John of the 1620 Mayflower) and his wife Mary, b. likely at Duxbury, Mass. She was living at Shrewsbury at her husband's death. Thirteen children of the marriage.
• ii. Esther Allen, b. Dec. 8, 1648, was dead before Oct. 12, 1662. Even though she was older than her sister Experience, she was not included in her grandmother Joan Swift's will and thus could not have been the Esther Swift who married Henry Bull at Sandwich, Mass in 1665.
• iii. Experience Allen, Mar. 14, 1651/2, was living on Oct. 12, 1662 when her grandmother Joan Swift made her will.
• iv. Ephraim Allen, b. Mar. 20, 1656/7, d. in infancy prior to Oct. 12, 1662.
Esther Swift Bull (1629 - 1676)
Created by: Don Blauvelt
Record added: Jan 15, 2013
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